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County spelling bee winners

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Wendel
Williams
Cockroft
Moser
Galusha
Knowlton
Aung
Miller
Freeman
Ruble
Eagan
Yoder
Nelson

Spelling Bee champions from 15 northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio counties will compete at the 60th Annual Journal Gazette Regional Spelling Bee presented by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives in partnership with Barrett & McNagny.

These 15 champion spellers take the stage at Rhinehart Music Center Recital Hall at IPFW beginning at 10 a.m. today. The winner of the regional Spelling Bee will represent The Journal Gazette and the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives at the 87th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington May 25-31.

Rachel Ruble, Adams County; Lwin Moe Aung, Allen County; Holden Galusha, Defiance County; Katrina Knowlton, DeKalb County; Brenden Rice, Huntington County; Nathan Freeman, Kosciusko County; Elijah Williams, LaGrange County; Samantha Eagan, Noble County; Marcus Miller, Paulding County; Eric Cockroft, Steuben County; Carly Wendel, Van Wert County; Weslee Nelson, Wabash County; Gretchen Moser, Wells County; Brinnan More, Whitley County; Trystan Yoder, Williams County.

Allen County

Aboite Elementary School

Isaiah Wray, grade 5, son of Jason and Sarah Wray, spelled rosin to win. Runner-up Elyssa Huff.

Arcola Elementary School

Amber Noles, grade 5, daughter of Sheryl and Roger Noles, spelled expunge to win. Runner-up Evan Hess.

Arlington Elementary School

Jacob Jennings, grade 5, son of Timothy and Pamela Langohr, spelled carcinogen to win. Runner-up Katlyn Borchelt.

Ascension Lutheran School

David Bush, grade 8, son of David and Jennifer Bush, spelled leonine to win. Runner-up Sam Springer.

Blackhawk Christian School

Sylvia Frederick, grade 6, daughter of Patrick and Anjela Frederick, spelled congressional to win. Runner-up Quinn Saleik.

Blackhawk Middle School

Bailey Perkins, grade 8, son of Ken Perkins and Lisa Hart, spelled bazooka to win. Runner-up Jaquez Swift.

Canterbury School

Danielle Mishler, grade 8, daughter of Idalija Mishler, spelled accustomed to win. Runner-up Nisha Jude-Karanam.

Carroll Middle School

Jocelyn Cooley, grade 6, daughter of Anna Kyle and Kevin Cooley, spelled chancellor to win. Runner-up Ethan Hunnicut.

Cedar Canyon Elementary School

Areeba Rashid, grade 5, daughter of Muhammod Ahmad and Bushra Rashid, spelled ascot to win. Leye Rosanwo.

Central Lutheran School

Chloe Bremer, grade 8, daughter of Kurt and Sherri Bremer, spelled injurious to win. Runner-up Jacob Birkmire.

Concordia Lutheran Lower School

Mariah James, grade 6, daughter of Melissa and LaVar James, spelled chicle to win. Runner-up Ian Snyder.

Covington Elementary School

Christian Mireles, grade 5, son of Robin and Tony Mireles, spelled affluent to win. Runner-up Marcelo Diaz.

Deer Ridge Elementary School

Johnathan Giokaris, grade 5, son of Pete Giokaris and Wendy Kreienbrink, spelled qualms to win. Runner-up Aidan Todash.

Eel River Elementary School

Bernie Gandin, grade 5, son of Ellie Puckett and Nick Gandin, spelled compelled to win. Runner-up Gabi Hanna.

Emmanuel St. Michael Lutheran School

Bo Bearman, grade 6, son of Victoria and Tim Bearman, spelled duplicity to win. Runner-up Rylan Crowder.

Emmaus Lutheran School

Kathryn Milliman, grade 7, daughter of Greg and Kristin Milliman, spelled cumbersome to win. Runner-up Marissa Rivers.

Fairfield Elementary School

Corteriyon Gray, grade 5, son of Cassandra Snipes, spelled enclosure to win. Runner-up Thalaytoo Roa.

Francis M. Price Elementary School

Josh LeGrow, grade 5, son of Tracy LeGrow, spelled pyrotechnics to win. Runner-up Andrew Beber.

Franke Park Elementary School

Cameron Branning, grade 5, son of Shane and Kayla Branning, spelled permission to win. Runner-up Tyler Hunter.

Fred H. Croninger Elementary School

Brody Golden, grade 5, son of Noah Golden, spelled compelled to win. Runner-up Sebastian Magana.

Glenwood Park Elementary School

Josie Butler, grade 5, daughter of Bryan and Tera Butler, spelled pueblo to win. Runner-up Jayden Gage.

Harlan Christian School

Brandon Miller, grade 8, son of Jeff and Sheila Miller, spelled statutory to win. Runner-up Julia Troyer.

Harrison Hill Elementary School

Imani Rhodriguez, grade 5, daughter of Patricia Veazy and Carlos Rhodriguez, spelled genetic to win. Runner-up Ivey Ross.

Heritage Elementary School

Justin Burnham, grade 6, son of Daniel and Mary Burnham, spelled ambulatory to win. Runner-up Kylee Hockemeyer.

Holy Cross Lutheran School

Pamela Chen, grade 8, daughter of Corina and Yuan Chen, spelled wheedle to win. Runner-up Melissa Mwangi.

Huntertown Elementary School

Ian Gongwer, grade 5, son of Jeff and Rebecca Gongwer, spelled verdure to win. Runner-up Andy Collins.

J. Wilbur Haley Elementary School

Jessel Mehta, grade 5, daughter of Bobbi and Jitendra Mehta, spelled hermitage to win. Runner-up Aden Funk.

Jeff H. Towles Intermediate School

Dora Carlisle, grade 8, daughter of Terri Easley and Joe Carlisle, spelled sarcasm to win. Runner-up Ye Aung.

Jefferson Middle School

Alexander Isaacson, grade 8, son of David Isaacson and Monica Crozier Isaacson, spelled chicle to win. Runner-up Alyssa Doctor.

Lincoln Elementary School

Daniel Quach, grade 5, son of Lanh Le, spelled propulsion to win. Runner-up Blake Thomas.

Lutheran South Unity School

Lwin Moe Aung, grade 7, son of Than Aung and Aye Aye Nwe, spelled encryption to win. Runner-up Hannah Koch.

Mabel K. Holland Elementary School

Kaitlyn Neilands, grade 5, daughter of Tammy and David Neilands, spelled taught to win. Runner-up Vanessa Doyle.

Maple Creek Middle School

Sam Collins, grade 6, son of Benjamin and Mary Elizabeth Collins, spelled quagmire to win. Runner-up Dominic Colby.

Maplewood Elementary School

Elizabeth White, grade 5, daughter of Jennifer and Douglas White, spelled southern to win. Runner-up Genesis Valdez.

Memorial Park Middle School

Vareyar Valui, grade 6, son of Wungreiso Valui and Margareth Longvah, spelled apprehend to win. Runner-up Austin Johnson.

Most Precious Blood School

Paul Cochran, grade 7, son of Joe and Dorothy Cochran, spelled bayonet to win. Runner-up Calista Bransfield.

Nebraska Elementary School

Madelyn Kitson, grade 4, daughter of Amber Olivarez, spelled avenge to win. Runner-up Gage Klein.

New Haven Middle School

Rachel Kitzmiller, grade 7, daughter of Brenda and Randy Kitzmiller, spelled cohesive to win. Runner-up Bailey Cornwell.

Northwood Middle School

Kirkpatrick Perez, grade 7, son of Brandi and Kedrick Seaton, spelled duplicity to win. Runner-up Allen Didion.

Oak View Elementary School

Tyler Li, grade 5, son of Anna Ming Gong and Jianning Li, spelled laureate to win. Runner-up Sean Huynh.

Perry Hill Elementary School

Daniel Ngo, grade 5, son of Hien Diem Dang and Tien Huu Ngo, spelled recoup to win. Runner-up Jerod Handshoe.

Portage Middle School

Aik San, grade 8, son of Tin San and Aik Maung, spelled prognosticate to win. Runner-up Leah Rich.

Queen of Angels School

Tom Klein, grade 7, son of John and Peggy Klein, spelled caricature to win. Runner-up Josh Neirieter.

Robert C. Harris Elementary School

Mackenzie Vaughn, grade 5, daughter of Jennifer and Justin Adkins, spelled talisman to win. Runner-up Sarah Rodenbeck.

St. Charles Borromeo School

Braeden Hensler, grade 6, son of Gary and Andrea Hensler, spelled mammalian to win. Runner-up Kaden Beck.

St. John- Emmanuel Lutheran School

Hunter Teichman, grade 6, son of John and Laurie Teichman, spelled tomahawk to win. Runner-up Evan Niemeyer.

St. John the Baptist School, New Haven

Elizabeth Kindler, grade 5, daughter of Timothy and Michelle Kindler, spelled perceived to win. Runner-up Joseph Mouch.

St. John the Baptist School, Fort Wayne

Emma Ward, grade 8, daughter of Christina and Timothy Ward, spelled bountiful to win. Runner up Maddie Antonuccio.

Sts. Joseph and Elizabeth School

Ethan Anderson, grade 8, son of Natach and Dave Anderson, spelled divvy to win. Runner-up Johnny Woehnker.

St. Joseph Central School

Kendal Brager, grade 5, daughter of Tania Lowder, spelled satisfactory to win. Runner-up Makayla Wilson.

St. Joseph Hessen Cassel School

Jerome Lechleitner, grade 8, son of Christine and Marc Lechleitner, spelled forbidden to win. Runner-up Kaleb Feipel.

St. Louis Academy

Blake Rhymer, grade 8, son of Toby and Stephanie Rhymer, spelled insinuate to win. Runner-up Noelle Voglewede.

St. Jude School

Clair Schroeder, grade 8, daughter of Fred and Angie Schroeder, spelled smithereens to win. Runner-up Patrick McMasters.

St. Paul Lutheran School

Sophia Whitsitt, grade 8, daughter of Brian and Kristen Whitsitt, spelled expunge to win. Runner-up Bethany Mezger.

St. Peter’s Lutheran School

Lexi Ehle, grade 6, daughter of Holly and Troy Ehle, spelled cavalier to win. Runner-up Hunter Ehle.

St. Vincent de Paul School

Mathias Post, grade 7, son of Tricia and Randall Post, spelled carriage to win. Runner-up Ryan McArdle.

Study Elementary School

Carlos Juarez, grade 5, son of Altagracia Juarez, spelled nineteen to win. Runner-up Christian Helton.

Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School

Brock Snyder, grade 6, son of Brandy Snyder, spelled cumbersome to win. Runner-up Courtney Welker.

Summit Middle School

Graham Phillips, grade 6, son of Randy and Beth Phillips, spelled propulsion to win. Runner-up Robert McCrory.

Weisser Park Arts Magnet Elementary School

Jenna Moor, grade 5, daughter of Kim and Scott Moor, spelled mugwump to win. Runner-up Isaac Coombs.

Whispering Meadows Elementary School

Lucas Vachon, grade 5, son of Kevin and Laurie Vachon, spelled cinematic to win. Runner-up Gabe Moussou.

Woodburn Lutheran School

James Dixon, grade 5, son of Hal and Carol Rogers, spelled mollify to win. Runner-up Cody Bratten.

Woodlan Intermediate School

Kaylin Snyder, grade 4, daughter of Aaron and Kelly Snyder, spelled stubble to win. Runner-up McKenna Elwood.

Woodside Middle School

Susan Chen, grade 8, daughter of Yuan Chen and Yu Fang Li, spelled diadem to win. Runner-up Carrine Kogulan.

Adams County

Adams Central Elementary School

Taylor Knaub, grade 5, daughter of Clint and Brandy Knaub, spelled prognosticate to win. Runner-up Rebecca Fiechter.

Adams Central Middle School

Tyler LaFontaine, grade 8, son of Tony and Jeanene LaFontaine, spelled monochrome to win. Runner-up Laurel Tijerina.

Bellmont Middle School

Madison Neher, grade 8, daughter of Chris and Jana Neher, spelled seraphic to win. Runner-up Lance Williamson.

South Adams Elementary School

Spencer Fear, grade 5, son of Shawn and Nicole Fear, spelled wheedle to win. Runner-up Madison Smith.

South Adams Middle School

Hannah Rhoades, grade 6, daughter of Robert and Cynthia Rhoades, spelled gluttonous to win. Runner-up Sydney Schwartz.

St. Joseph Elementary School

Jax Steury, grade 6, son of Jason and Julie Steury, spelled forbidden to win. Runner-up Lauren Bleke.

St. Joseph Middle School

Mackenzie Hackman, grade 8, daughter of Mike and Dana Hackman, spelled expunge to win. Runner-up Luke Spannan.

St. Peter Immanuel Lutheran School

Emily Fuelling, grade 8, daughter of Steve and Lindy Fuelling, spelled emblazoned to win. Runner-up Anna Koeneman.

Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School

Rachel Ruble, grade 8, daughter of Todd and Lynn Ruble, spelled dissemble to win. Runner-up Riley Nower.

Zion Lutheran School

Joseph Mendoza, grade 7, son of Jena Mendoza, spelled avenge to win. Runner-up Lauren Rush.

DeKalb County

Butler Elementary School

Colben Steury, grade 5, son of Ben and Nicole Steury, spelled bonsai to win. Runner-up Dakota Shaw.

Country Meadow Elementary School

Solomon Goodwin, grade 5, son of Byron and Amy Goodwin, spelled genetic to win. Runner-up Joy Seigel.

DeKalb Middle School

Lauren Woodcox, grade 6, daughter of Amy and Brad Woodcox, spelled jurisdiction to win. Runner-up Colton Oberholtzer.

Eastside Junior- Senior High School

Katrina Knowlton, grade 8, daughter of Tonia and Walter Knowlton, spelled matriculation to win. Runner-up Logan Schiefelbein.

James R. Watson Elementary School

Emily Samuelson, grade 5, daughter of Susan and Jay Samuelson, spelled fouled to win. Runner-up Cade Williamson.

McKenney-Harrison Elementary School

Maddison Linker, grade 4, daughter of Jessica Gray, spelled domain to win. Runner-up Nikita “Nick” Afanasyev.

Riverdale Elementary School

Keegan Miller, grade 6, son of Brea and Steve Miller, spelled cavalier to win. Runner-up Jacob Brooks.

St. Joseph Catholic School

Trevor Armstrong, grade 5, son of Ben and Kim Armstrong, spelled bodega to win. Runner-up Kassidy Kyler.

Waterloo Elementary School

Drake Huisman, grade 5, son of Tara Huisman, spelled actress to win. Runner-up Grace Synder.

Huntington County

Andrews Elementary School

Merisa Walter, grade 5, daughter of Matt and Lianna Walter, spelled exorcism to win. Runner-up Maximus Bruner.

Crestivew Middle School

Brenden Rice, grade 8, son of Kevin and Paula Rice, spelled portrayal to win. Runner-up Sebastian Kreul.

Flint Springs Elementary School

Keaton Kline, grade 5, son of Kristina Kline and John Canvin, spelled bassoon to win. Runner-up Miranda Lippe.

Huntington Catholic School

Samantha Ball, grade 5, daughter of Jennifer and Steven Ball, spelled winnow to win. Runner-up Seth Scheiber.

Lafayette Meadows Elementary School

Emmalyn Meyer, grade 5, daughter of Courtney Waterman and John Meyer, spelled propulsion to win. Runner-up Yiorgo Stavretis.

Lancaster Elementary School

Makayla Ball, grade 5, daughter of Ellen Lamb and Shane Auler, spelled pandering to win. Runner-up Brooks Nicely.

Lincoln Elementary School

Alayna Broom, grade 5, daughter of Jason and Jennifer Wall, spelled freight to win. Runner-up Matthew Kline.

Northwest Elementary School

Madeline Rubrake, grade 5, daughter of Rachel Funk and Tom Rubrake, spelled winnow to win. Runner-up Kirsten Bickel.

Riverview Middle School

Samantha Diehl, grade 6, daughter of Mandy and Chris Diehl, spelled dodecahedron to win. Runner-up Conner Mason.

Roanoke Elementary School

Hanna Whitney, grade 5, daughter of Tina and Randy Whitney, spelled acrylics to win. Runner-up Dierra Coleman.

Salamonie School

Kourtney Chaney, grade 5, daughter of Kim and Duane Chaney, spelled cohesive to win. Runner-up Lacey Nightenhelser.

Kosciusko County

Akron Elementary School

George Gillman, grade 5, son of Billy and Angie Gillman, spelled pandering to win. Runner-up Elyssa Craft.

Claypool Elementary School

Matthew Fox, grade 6, son of Amber and Brent Cox, spelled ferocious to win. Runner-up Jesenia Linares.

Edgewood Middle School

Brandon Chan, grade 8, son of Bobby and Elena Chan, spelled hermitage to win. Runner-up Miriam Hagg.

Eisenhower Elementary School

Samuel Lechlitner, grade 5, son of Stacey and William Lechlitner, spelled lumberjack to win. Runner-up Ellie Klotz.

Harrison Elementary School

Soumya Vijayraj, grade 6, daughter of Nangli Vijayraj and Rashmi Sudheendra, spelled grouse to win. Runner-up Blake Burns.

Jefferson Elementary School

Jordan Diaz, grade 6, son of Candy and Manuel Diaz, spelled bountiful to win. Runner-up Waklyn Hudson.

Lakeview Middle School

Nathan Freeman, grade 7, son of Richard and Jamelyn Freeman, spelled nigh to win. Runner-up Genevive Skeans.

Leesburg Elementary School

Ashton Schuh, grade 6, son of Michael Schuh Jr. and Wendy Obacz, spelled awash to win. Runner-up Elizabeth Hall.

Lincoln Elementary School

Kendall Wayne, grade 5, daughter of David and Monica Wayne, spelled rosin to win. Runner-up Jacob Dye.

Madison Elementary School

Hudson Bollinger, grade 6, daughter of Gabriel Bollinger, spelled perceptibly to win. Runner-up Jacob Kissling.

Mentone Elementary School

Jacob Davis, grade 5, son of Brandi and James Davis, spelled humorous to win. Runner-up Brady Caudill.

Milford Elementary School

Samantha Kolberg, grade 5, daughter of Eric and Heidi Kolberg, spelled recoup to win. Runner-up Claire Beer.

Milford Middle School

Margaret Heinisch, grade 7, daughter of Doug and Heidi Heinisch, spelled monochrome to win. Runner up Jared Krugman.

North Webster Elementary School

Nathan Smith, grade 5, son of Brian and Maggie Smith, spelled frequent to win. Runner-up Alexandra Haberman.

Pierceton Elementary School

Malcolm Hoover, grade 5, son of Nora Hoover, spelled vice versa to win. Runner-up Cyrus Shepherd.

Sacred Heart School

Annie Burnett, grade 5, daughter of Randy and Angela Burnett, spelled duplicity to win. Runner-up Abby Steffensmeier.

Syracuse Elementary School

Isabelle Brunner, grade 5, daughter of Ben and Maggie Brunner, spelled propulsion to win. Runner-up Jace Mishler.

Tippecanoe Valley Middle School

Austyn McCord, grade 6, son of Phillip McCord and Marla Kramer, spelled insinuate to win. Runner-up Billy Gillman.

Warsaw Christian School

Avery Hobbs, grade 5, daughter of Derrik and Jessica Hobbs, spelled congressional to win. Runner-up Michaela Arford.

Washington Elementary School

Brooklyn Fitzgerald, grade 5, daughter of Josh and Ashley Fitzgerald, spelled futon to win. Runner-up Veronica Mason.

Wawasee Middle School

Addison Torres, grade 8, son of Tammy Tranter, spelled popularity to win. Runner-up Ethan Ousley.

Lagrange County

Lakeland Middle School

Elijah Williams, grade 8, son of Jeremy and Andrea Williams, spelled macaroni to win. Runner-up Dylan Dunn.

Lima Brighton Elementary School

Lyzette Castro, grade 5, daughter of Armando and Estela Castro, spelled genetic to win. Runner-up Xavier Ringler.

Parkside Elementary School

Emma Leggett, grade 5, daughter of Regina Champion and Phil Leggett, spelled entrance to win. Runner-up Jama Sines.

Prairie Heights Middle School

Andrew Gunthorp, grade 6, son of Ray and Amanda Gunthorp, spelled freight to win. Runner-up Amelia Johnston.

Westview Elementary School

Lindsay Stoltzfus, grade 6, daughter of Rich and Heidi Stoltzfus, spelled souvenir to win. Runner-up Ryan Klaassen.

Westview Junior-Senior High School

Rebecca Schlabach, grade 7, daughter of Roy and Brenda Schlabach, spelled retrospect to win. Runner up Carman Draves.

Wolcott Mills Elementary School

Bethany Yutzy, grade 5, daughter of Eli and Leanna Yutzy, spelled hackamore to win. Runner-up Colton Millus.

Noble County

Albion Elementary School

Kylie Norris, grade 5, daughter of Jerrod and Carrie Norris, spelled adversary to win. Runner-up Sarah Merriman.

Central Noble Middle School

Brooke Behm, grade 7, daughter of Dennis and Kelly Behm, spelled laminate to win. Runner-up Madison Gordon.

Southside Elementary School

Holly Butler, grade 5, daughter of Christina Burds and Christopher Butler, spelled piety to win. Runner-up Ian Trout.

St. John Lutheran School

Sahil Patel, grade 8, son of Rajesh and Pinki Patel, spelled bulbous to win. Runner-up Caleb Walz.

St. Mary of the Assumption School

Samantha Eagan, grade 7, daughter of Todd and Elaine Eagan, spelled courtier to win. Runner-up Olivia Eagan.

Wayne Center Elementary School

Manal Ali, grade 5, daughter of Zeneba Ali and Youssouf Ali Sr., spelled recoup to win. Runner-up Jasney Combs.

West Noble Middle School

Tristan Sherman, grade 6, son of Daniel and Miranda Clouse, spelled bountiful to win. Runner up Kaitlyn VanVorst.

Wolf Lake Elementary School

Jaydyn Beck, grade 5, son of David and Laurie Beck, spelled prognosticate to win. Runner-up Bridgette Gray.

Steuben County

Angola Middle School

Eric Cockroft, grade 7, son of Mark and Edie Cockroft, spelled querulous to win. Runner-up Isaac Wyatt.

Carlin Park Elementary School

Areeba Kazi, grade 5, daughter of Haseeb and Samreen Kazi, spelled gluttonous to win. Runner-up Quanza J. Geddes.

Fremont Middle School

Lauren Banks, grade 6, daughter of Ben and Sheila Banks, spelled emblazoned to win. Runner-up Erin Frain.

Hamilton Community Elementary School

Whitney Pfefferkorn, grade 4, daughter of Nathan and Alecia Pfefferkorn, spelled father to win. Runner-up Amber Allen.

Hamilton Community Junior-Senior High School

Tori Creager, grade 7, daughter of Nikki Fifer, spelled petroglyphs to win. Runner-up Thomas Marks.

Hendry Park Elementary School

Landon Henderson, grade 5, son of Peter and Jackie Henderson, spelled malaise to win. Runner-up Allexsus Mann.

Pleasant Lake Elementary School

Carl Haus, grade 5, son of Teresa Haus, spelled whirlpool to win. Runner-up Logan Sommers.

Ryan Park Elementary School

Maddie Oberlin, grade 5, daughter of Michael and Nicole Oberlin, spelled tomahawk to win. Runner-up Alexis Couch.

Wabash County

Manchester Intermediate School

Sam Reichenbach, grade 6, son of Eric and Jennifer Reichenbach, spelled symmetry to win. Runner-up Rebekah Pyle.

Manchester Junior High School

Sarah Pyle, grade 8, daughter of Kirk and Jennie Pyle, spelled plagiarism to win. Runner-up Caleb Copley.

Sharp Creek Elementary School

Dayne Pefley, grade 5, son of LeeAnn and Dave Pefley, spelled detective to win. Runner-up Tori Bogert.

Southwood Elementary School

Weslee Nelson, grade 6, son of Chad and Amber Nelson, spelled turmoil to win. Runner-up Robert Barnett.

St. Bernard School

Caleb Story, grade 6, son of Don and Michelle Story, spelled ombudsman to win. Runner-up Asif Khan.

W.C. Mills Elementary School

Rebecca Bruss, grade 5, daughter of Matt and Beth Bruss, spelled piracy to win. Runner-up Braden Schuler.

Wabash Middle School

Lydia Ridge, grade 7, daughter of Erika Stellar, spelled exorcism to win. Runner-up Samantha Hendricks.

Wells County

Bethlehem Lutheran School

Vivien Roberts, grade 5, daughter of Kirk and Suzy Roberts, spelled trifle to win. Runner-up Emily Werling.

Bluffton-Harrison Middle School

Jason Gentry, grade 8, son of Monika Gentry, spelled roustabout to win. Runner-up Jordyn Cummins.

Kingdom Academy

Gretchen Moser, grade 8, daughter of Dave and Sheri Moser, spelled dissemble to win. Runner-up Katelyn Pfister.

Lancaster Central Elementary School

Avery Mann, grade 5, daughter of William and Shannon Mann, spelled humorist to win. Runner-up Lauren Bales.

Norwell Middle School

Emily Garver, grade 8, daughter of Brian and Brenda Garver, spelled pariah to win. Runner-up James Sowards.

Ossian Elementary School

Eli Riley, grade 5, son of Robert and Kandi Riley, spelled humorist to win. Runner-up Brett Wathen.

Southern Wells Elementary School

Landon Lenwell, grade 6, son of Ryan and Laura Lenwell, spelled difficult to win. Runner-up Xavier Booher.

Whitley County

Churubusco Elementary School

Levi Skinner, grade 5, son of Tina and Todd Skinner, spelled vivacious to win. Runner-up Hannah Crooks.

Coesse Elementary School

Brinnan More, grade 5, daughter of Brian and Robin Moore, spelled rosin to win. Runner-up Heidi Bolinger.

Indian Springs Middle School

Cris Robinson, grade 7, son of Myla Robinson and Mark Ash, spelled imperil to win. Runner-up Eric Burkholder.

Little Turtle Elementary School

Adrenna Stults, grade 5, daughter of Jason and Brandalyne Stults, spelled obscure to win. Runner-up Abigayle Craig.

Northern Heights Elementary School

Evin Devito, grade 5, daughter of Kenny and Megan Devito, spelled genetic to win. Runner-up Mason Berlin.

South Whitley Elementary School

Logan Schmittler, grade 5, son of James and Delinda Schmittler, spelled science to win. Runner-up Trevor Sims.

Ohio winners

Defiance County

Ayersville Elementary School

Brayden Amoroso, grade 5, son of Nathan and Janice Amoroso, spelled verdure to win. Runner-up Kaylynn Wellman.

Ayersville Junior High School

Holden Galusha, grade 8, son of Mark and Michelle Galusha, spelled diagnosis to win. Runner-up Summer Collins.

Defiance Junior High School

Nathan Schlatter, grade 8, son of Warren Schlatter, spelled lambasted to win. Runner-up Tobiah Fleischman.

Fairview Elementary School

Eli Plumley, grade 5, son of Monica and Joseph Plumley, spelled charioteer to win. Runner-up Ivie Hull.

Fairview Middle School

Augustine Stuckey, grade 8, son of Sarah Stuckey-Diaw, spelled equinox to win. Runner-up Katelyn Yenser.

Hicksville Elementary School

Collin Durre, grade 5, son of Eric and Kym Durre, spelled petroglyphs to win. Runner-up Jacob Miller.

Hicksville Junior- Senior High School

Isabella Mendoza, grade 7, daughter of Cornelio and Santalina Mendoza, spelled bountiful to win. Runner-up Alexis Metz.

Holy Cross Catholic School

Jaiden Shock, grade 7, daughter of Josh and Cris Shock, spelled honor to win. Runner-up Michael Nolan.

Tinora Elementary School

Adriana Ripke, grade 5, son of Tira Shuler and Brian Ripke, spelled recoup to win. Runner-up Meghan Trefzger.

Tinora Junior High School

Gavin Keasler, grade 8, son of James and Sasha Keasler, spelled perceived to win. Runner-up Adeline Bunch.

Paulding County

Antwerp Elementary School

Aaron Hawley, grade 5, son of Bob and Doris Hawley, spelled sourly to win. Runner-up Austin Lichty.

Antwerp Middle School

Joshua Poulson, grade 8, son of Bryan and Jodi Poulson, spelled pontiff to win. Runner-up Taylor Provines.

Christian Home Educators of Paulding County

Josi Hopkins, grade 8, daughter of Cris and Amy Hopkins, spelled hackamore to win. Runner-up Makaela Wenninger.

Divine Mercy Elementary School

Kaden Sutton, grade 5, son of Mitch Sutton and Kylie Folsom, spelled obsidian to win. Runner-up Kenadie Daeger.

Oakwood Elementary School

Hailey Hartzell, grade 5, daughter of Sandra Hartzell and the late Michael Hartzell, spelled forbidden to win. Runners-up Corey Owens and Samantha Wagner.

Paulding Elementary School

Olivia Clark, grade 5, daughter of Don and Jamie Clark, spelled vivacious to win. Runner-up Caleb Manz.

Paulding Middle School

Marcus Miller, grade 8, son of Brian and Misty Miller, spelled circumstantial to win. Runner-up Heather Manz.

Payne Elementary School

Jayde Garcia, grade 6, daughter of Robert and Bobbie Jo Garcia, spelled bolide to win. Runner-up Sydney Coyne.

Wayne Trace Groverhill Elementary School

Lauren Walls, grade 4, daughter of William and Kim Walls, spelled hermitage to win. Runner-up Andrew Sinn.

Wayne Trace Junior-Senior High School

Levi Manz, grade 7, son of Marvin and Jennifer Manz, spelled propulsion to win. Runner-up Connor Baumle.

Van Wert County

Crestview Elementary School

Tiffany Thompson, grade 6, daughter of Crystal Carpenter and Marty Thompson, spelled nacho to win. Runner-up Matthew Lautzenheiser.

Crestview Junior High School

Amber Lichtenberger, grade 8, daughter of Jon and Shareen Lichtenberger, spelled ransack to win. Runner-up Danielle Pawlick.

Lincolnview Elementary School

Kirsten Stemen, grade 6, daughter of Andy and Jennifer Stemen, spelled stridency to win. Runner-up Ariel Pruden.

Lincolnview Junior-Senior High School

Braxten Robey, grade 8, son of Shannon Spear, spelled divvy to win. Runner-up Carly Wendel.

St. Mary Elementary School

Catherine Kopack, grade 4, daughter of Brian and Amy Kopack, spelled famished to win. Runner-up Ryan Pratt.

Van Wert Elementary School

Rachel Spath, grade 5, daughter of Robert and Sara Spath, spelled avenge to win. Runner-up William Ogden.

Van Wert Middle School

Briana Martz, grade 8, daughter of Mary Martz, spelled gumption to win. Runner-up Marshall Healey.

Williams County

Bryan Middle School

Baylee Krupp, grade 7, daughter of Jamie and Susan Krupp, spelled compensation to win. Runner-up Graydon Nowak.

Edgerton Elementary School

Kaylee Miller, grade 6, daughter of Lisa and Kenneth Miller, spelled chancellor to win. Runner-up Blake Tackett.

Edon Northwest Local School

Travis Siebenaler, grade 8, son of Nancy Humphrey and Ty Siebenaler, spelled kaleidoscope to win. Runner-up Logan Bloir.

Millcreek-West Unity Local School

Brianna Bell, grade 6, daughter of Kristy and Jim Bell, spelled propulsion to win. Runner-up Ben Routhier.

Montpelier School

Kimberly Engels, grade 7, daughter of James and Joni Engels, spelled chimera to win. Runner-up Brooke Ward.

North Central Local School

Trystan Yoder, grade 6, daughter of Wayne and Wanda Yoder, spelled recoup to win. Runner-up Emilie Eustace.

St. Mary School

Elliot Roth, grade 6, son of Denise and Adam Roth, spelled motion to win. Runner-up Jordan Warner.

St. Patrick School

Shallyn Miley, grade 5, daughter of Leandra and Sean Miley, spelled depict to win. Runner-up Katie Pool.

Stryker Schools

Kalista Blevins, grade 6, daughter of Crystal and Dustin Blevins, spelled armistice to win. Runner-up Isaiha Freeman.

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